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Kids Company and beyond

Jo Coleman considers how charities can improve their governance in the light of the Kids Company closure

22 December 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, trust and confidence in charities is at an all-time low. A consensus seems to be growing that these institutions are going to have to change the way in which they have been doing business.

Much of the debate has
been framed by the very public closure of Kids Company. The charity, along with its charismatic founder Camila Batmanghelidjh, has been the subject of intense scrutiny and discussion since
BBC Newsnight and Buzzfeed's joint investigation revealed
the extent of the Cabinet
Office's concerns about the management of the charity.

In July 2015, the investigation claimed that the charity had
been told it would not receive
any further funding unless Batmanghelidjh stepped down
as chief executive. She did so the following day, denying that there had been any mismanagement. Then, at the end of July, new...

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